For those of you that are planners (like me!), I have a question for you. When you go out and run, do you have a certain course in mind? Do you lace up your shoes, and know exactly how far you are going to go, how you are going to get there, and what music you are going to listen to?
If you do all of these things, I have a challenge for you. For your next easy run, go out with the intention of exploring. Run a new route, and see where it takes you (with safety in mind, of course!). Leave the Garmin at home. Keep your iPod on the counter. Just get out and run.
One of the big draws about running is that you only need one thing to actually carry out the sport – a pair of shoes. You don’t actually have to have anything else to find the benefits of pounding the pavement. In recent years, when they running boom has really started to take off, there has been so much more added to running than just the shoes that we wear. We have top market GPS watches, iPods, iPhones, compression socks, arm sleeves, sweat wicking fabric, and so many more great additions to the running world.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the bells and whistles that have taken off. There is obviously a massive market for it, with so many new companies becoming extremely successful in a short period of time. However, there is something very freeing and uplifting when I go out and go for a run that I don’t know what the ending mileage is going to be. Or I don’t have my watch let me know how fast (or slow!) I am going.
We have so many distractions in our world to keep us on track. Most of our lives are pretty scheduled out. Your running doesn’t always have to be one of them.
I have a challenge for you in the next week….
No pre-determined route. No GPS. No Music. For one run.
Just you, your running shoes, and the road.